Spring Dates

March 17-21
Spring Break

May 12-17
Final Exams

May 27
May session and 14-week summer classes begin

June 16
10-week, 8-week, 6-week, and 4-week summer classes begin

The Job Search

All colleges within the University are connected to a career services office that guides students through the stages of career preparation. Career advisers are available to help students understand the job skills they are learning, how those skills apply to different careers, and how to articulate their accomplishments on a resume or in an interview.

Students can search for jobs and internships or post their resume on GoldPASS, the University’s online database connecting students and alumni with employers, volunteer organizations, and internships across the country.

Campus career centers: www.career.umn.edu

GoldPASS: goldpass.umn.edu

Classes Without Quizzes

Parents and students are invited to attend Classes Without Quizzes from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, April 5, on the St. Paul campus. This year's program, sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), will feature the latest research from CFANS, including keynote speaker Dr. Ted Labuza from the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. Dr. Labuza will provide consumer tips on how to make sense of confusing, and sometimes misleading, food labels.

Breakout sessions will feature topics such as Minnesota moose, our state's changing economy, extending the commercial strawberry season, genetic diversity in modern wheat breeding, challenges and opportunities of renewable energy, food systems of Italy, weather/climate, and the new Hubacheck Wilderness Research Center.

A Kids' Edition program will have youth K-6 learning about space exploration and incredible invertebrates and include a special tour through the Raptor Center.

For more information and registration, visit the Classes Without Quizzes website.


Each college on the Twin Cities campus schedules its own commencement ceremony. The separate ceremonies allow a more personal experience as students gather with their classmates and share the stage with their own faculty and administrators.

The number of ceremonies, however, means that graduation events take place over a period of two weeks. Students eligible for graduation will receive their commencement time, date, and place from their college.

Email Alerts

Parents can receive biweekly email messages from the Parent Program with timely information and talking points for helping your student. To sign up, send your email address to parent@umn.edu.


Graduating seniors and their parents are invited to attend GradFest, the University’s annual one-stop event for commencement, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 26, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, March 27, in the Great Hall in Coffman Union.

GradFest gives graduates the chance to take care of all their graduation planning needs:

  • Pick up a cap and gown
  • Order graduation announcements
  • Select a college ring
  • Pose for a commencement portrait
  • Purchase a diploma frame
  • Receive a gift from the U of M Alumni Association
  • Have a resume evaluated
  • Prepare for life after graduation
  • And much, much more

The event is coordinated by University of Minnesota Bookstores. There is no charge for the event. For additional information, see bookstores.umn.edu and select the Graduation link.